Food of the Seventies, Ayds Diet Candy

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These chocolate cubes were suppose to be the answer to the dieting chocolate lover's prayer, but it turned out to be the hard version of 'Alba '77' Shake.
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AJ - July 19, 2007 - Report this comment mom had these in both flavors, even though she was thin. We were always told they weren't for kids, but of course we snitched a few because they looked so good, but they were really like pieces of gooey tootsie rolls with a floury weird aftertaste. Remember their corny commercials? "Lose weight, with the aid of Ayd's"
ALL - August 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Back in the very early 80's on the evening news I started hearing about the "ayds crisis" well my grandmother had been eating AYDS for years so I was very concerned for her health. So I listened itently to the news of the epidemic, so I could warn her to toss the evil treats. Needless to say, I was slightly off base. Just an example of how foreign the term AIDS was to me at the time.
Carolyn - March 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I ate these,I cant believe there on your site. Everytime I tell people about them they look at me like Iam crazy. They disapered in the early 80s! this is!
Jeff - May 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember these as actually tasting pretty good. My mom always had them around in the late 70's because she quit smoking, and immediately gained about 40 pounds. So she would try anything to help her lose weight. She hated Ayds but I liked them and would sneak them all the time.
Melissa - July 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I think these got pulled of the market about the time the AIDS Epidemic hit. Ayd's sounded like AIDS and people were afraid of them.
Karen - August 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember my sister hoarding a whole box of these and eating them in one sitting - she threw up all night - LOL! That's what she got for being a stinker and not sharing! hahah
crazy amy - September 06, 2008 - Report this comment
these were like dexatrim-a stimulant to make you not speed is all it was-thats why it wasnt for kids. i remember ads for it-"i lost weight with ayds!" now if someone said that it would be a lot different,huh?
Lindee - September 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember advertisements for Ayds in ladies magazines in the 70s. Some lady would tell her story and then they showed the before & after pictures but they never looked like the same person. When they lost the weight they got a makeover(different hair color, style of clothes).
Lisa - November 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Yep, my grandmother ALWAYS had them out on her kitchen counter!! I also snitched a couple and yes, they did taste a lot like tootsie rolls with a slight "mediciney" taste! No one believes me when I mention them. Glad I'm not the only one who remembers!
Amalee - January 01, 2009 - Report this comment
back in the sixites my doctor told my dad, to have me use these, and I lost over 100 lbs, using the ayds candy, (along with sensible eating and excercise) They really cut my appitite in half. :)
Joyce Ford - January 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Why can,you buy in store iuse it went i was in my teen and it work we need it in store
Cooter - April 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember these being around until about 1980. Then people just quit buying them cause you didn't want the AIDS!
Jerri McC - May 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember them well; little cubes, each neatly wrapped in a piece of waxed paper. They tasted terrible! But, when eaten with hot beverage my appetite did seem to wain. In retrospect, I think we were just much more gullible back then! Most of us were so honest ourselves it just never occurred that someone might lie about their product. We believed! How times have changed, in that respect. (Or, have they, really?)
debbie - August 29, 2010 - Report this comment
They did work and I wish they still had them. I lost about 40 pds using them.
Brenda - December 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember the ayds diet candy my mother use to buy them and I would take a few and put them in a cup of hot tea and the cubes would melt. I stayed skinny.. LOL!! wish I could find them now...
Doreen - January 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I would steal these out of my mom's bottom dresser drawer. They were forbidden and chocolate, who wouldnt?
mcw - March 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember a cousin having these in her room...and I tried one and, bleh.
Georgio S. Warren, Ohio - May 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I Loved these things. Back in the late 1970's I bought lots of boxes of these. I always wanted to loose weight and I would try anything. These cute little square candies were wrapped in light brown wax paper. And I thought the more you ate, the more you would loose weight. Well, I don't remember if I lost the weight or not. But I am 58 years old now, and those came to my mind because I quit smoking 16 months ago and put on a little weight and I need to loose some of this weight right now. I am so miserable I don't feel like myself. But I would give anything to have those back on the market and I think they would do just as well as they did in the 70's. Thank You, Ayds.
Jeanne Williams - June 27, 2011 - Report this comment
My dear friend from college is here on a visit. We met in 1970 and when we moved in our apartment (back then you had to live 2 years in a dorm) we kept the little box on the nightstand between our two beds. We were just laughing about how delicious they were, how they were neatly wrapped, and how we considered them a "treat." It was fun to read the other comments as we remember thinking the same things. We thought they had carmel and chocolate. We just had to check to see if they were still around and your posts made us chuckle.
PDR - September 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I wish they did have them today or with a different name. I lost all my weight each time I was pregnant pretty fast with a hot beverage. I quit smoking and gained alot of weight. The other diets I have tried do not work. - June 24, 2012 - Report this comment
you wont believe how long i have wondered if anyone else remembered these...we use to still from my mom and eat them...choc or vanilla....then AIDS came out and I always wondered how many people thought the diet candy caused it...
JR - August 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I use to buy these. They worked for me. When I ate one with a hot beverage I did not get hungry. When I did eat I ate much less. Funny, finally someone who at least remembers Ayds.
ldr - July 03, 2013 - Report this comment
Yes me and my sister used to buy them and split a abox they were good i lost weight she didnt because she stopped i miss them they should bring them back with a better taste.
Roses - February 05, 2014 - Report this comment
I had them in the 80's and it helped me a great deal. I never told anyone I had them and they saw how great I looked I just kept getting them. I wish I had some now.Anyone knows what is similar to them?
Jana Wasile - March 17, 2014 - Report this comment
I was actually in one of the Ayds ads. They were real people/photos-had to be verified as the company was very nervous regarding misleading advertising. My mother always had these around, and I would sneak them as candy when little. After my father died I gained a lot of weight-would have been considered severe depression, now...but back then, I was just teased and bullied which caused me to gain even more weight. At 5'111/2 and 300bs, I finally got to the point where enough was enough, was a senior in High School and saw what I was doing to myself. Decided I was ready-and going to lose weight. I took 1 caramel flavored cube with hot tea-not into coffee at the time. Whatever it was-the candy or my decision+will-power, I did loose 135 lbs. After this, my mother suggested I write to the Ayds company and tell them of my weight loss-I did. They were interested in my story and flew me and mom to New York:(I was under 18, needed parental consent). They paid me something like $250, and $150 "wardrobe," makeover, along with airfare and hotel in New York. It wasn't much-even then, and I might be over on the $250. I never liked the headline or some of the story written about me. The "More dates than days of the week," was an exaggeration-to say the least! I didn't date much at all-still affected by the loss of my dad, not very confident or outgoing, but Ruth Montgomery wrote the whole thing and I let it stand. I mostly wanted all those "bullies," the ones who couldn't keep there cruel comments to themselves-to see I'd turned out show them I wasn't "fat," anymore. Society sure has changed-I either wouldn't have been as harassed these days OR, been bullied even more from access to the internet! Lol I never gained the weight back-though, and I too wish they were still on the market-just because-
Sue - March 12, 2015 - Report this comment
Ayds was around long before AIDS.
gloria - August 19, 2015 - Report this comment
I too lost weight eating just eating a few. Ayds helped me lose the extra pounds I gained after having babies. That was in Tucson. And the last time I bought them was shortly after I moved to St.Paul,about 1977. I too need some now I hope they come up with some candy like Ayds that will help lose the weight.
BarNabyJonesWasASexGod - August 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Back in the 70's our babysitter used to give my brother and I these instead of feeding us lunch. I guess she ate our food. Thinkin back on it now, that's kinda rude, maybe even abusive.

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